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10 Takeaways: Devils fall to the Ducks 4-2 in Anaheim

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

ANAHEIM, CA - Outshot and outscored. 

The New Jersey Devils were handed a 4-2 defeat by the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday evening, after trailing 2-0 early in the first period. Former Anaheim Ducks members Kyle Palmieri and Patrick Maroon both scored against their former team in the loss, a game in which the Devils were outshot 36-17.  

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid made his fourth consecutive appearance in net. He also started for the first time this season on back-to-back days. Kinkaid faced 36 shots and made 32 saves.  

2. Sami Vatanen made his return to the Honda Center after spending five-plus seasons with the Ducks. Vatanen was traded to New Jersey in late-November, and has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his past 14 games. Against his former team on Sunday evening, Vatanen played a team-high 24:48 of ice time and registered one assist. 

3. The Ducks took an early lead on the Devils after Kinkaid made a difficult save on Rackell that put him out of position for the rebound. Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf scooped up the rebound and shot the puck into an empty-net with Kinkaid out of his blue paint. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: Kinkaid spins out of position and Getzlef has the empty net to shoot at.

4. The Devils were in a 2-0 hole at 6:37 of the first when a point shot by Ducks defenseman Josh Manson was deflected by Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg. Silfverberg was in perfect position to both screen and deflect the puck to extend the Ducks lead.

Tweet from @NJviDs: #MAR18 #NJDvsANA 1ST PERIODSilfverberg makes it 2-0 ANA

5. After giving up 17 shots in the first period to the Ducks, the Devils for a third straight game on this current road trip have allowed 10-plus shots in the first period. 

6. Midway through the second period the Devils were down a forward when Miles Wood was hit by Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemain at the blue line. The hit caught Wood awkwardly and in his arm. Wood labored to the bench clutching his right arm and went straight to the locker room. Wood did not return for the remainder of the game. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: This does not look good for Wood.

7. Coach John Hynes opted to regularly double-shift Taylor Hall after Wood left with the upper-body injury and was down a forward. Hall finished the night having played 23:38.

8. Kyle Palmieri on his fourth shot of the game got the Devils on the board. His second period marker was scored on the power play and assisted on by Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac. All three players connected on a tic-tac-toe play, for Palmieri's 20th goal and ninth on the power play this season. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Palms says "Remember me?" to Anaheim with a @PSEGdelivers PPG. #NJDvsANA

9. Three former Anaheim Ducks connected to make the game 3-2 at 10:05 of the third period. Patrick Maroon scored his second goal as a New Jersey Devil and his seventh point in eight games since being acquired at the trade deadline, a goal that was assisted on by former Ducks Sami Vatanen and Stefan Noesen. 

The Devils one-goal deficit did not last long as the Ducks immediately replied with a goal of their own less than a minute later to take a 4-2 lead. 

10. It's off to San Jose next for the Devils. They'll play the Sharks on Tuesday night before heading to Pittsburgh to close out their season-long six-game road trip. They are currently 3-1-0 through four games.

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